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Roy J. McDonald

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Senator McDonald's Budget Public Hearings

On March 19 & 26 Senator Roy McDonald hosted a budget public hearing in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, inviting community members to attend and share their thoughts and concerns on the state budget.

March 28, 2011

McDonald Hosts Saratoga County Budget Public Hearing

Halfmoon March 25 -  Senator Roy McDonald will host a budget public hearing on the New York State budget for Saratoga County residents this Saturday, March 26th beginning at 10A.M. The event will be at the Halfmoon Senior Center in the Town of Halfmoon.

March 25, 2011

McDonald & Farley Work to Restore VLT Aid to Saratoga Springs & Saratoga County

Albany – March 22, 2011 -Senator Hugh Farley (R- Schenectady) and Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) announced today that Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County would receive a portion of VLT aid, according to a three way agreement between the Assembly, Senate and Executive Chamber, the measure requires final approval in the budget by the legislature.

March 23, 2011
March 21, 2011

McDonald Hosts Press Conference on Reported Group Home Abuse

Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee, Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, along with Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. The legislators discussed a recent NY Times investigative report that outlined allegations of abuse at OPWDD group homes.

March 15, 2011

McDonald Looking for More Information on Reported OPWDD Group Home Abuse

Albany – March 15 -  In light of a recent New York Times article that outlined patient abuse, taunting and sexual assault at group homes, Mental Health Committee Chairman Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, and members of the Assembly Mental Health Committee today at the Capitol.

March 15, 2011

Sen. Roy McDonald welcomes local leaders to budget roundtable in discussion of impact on local government and health care services

Thursday, March 10, 2011By PATRICK H. DONGES, The Saratogian

ALBANY — State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, held the first of six scheduled roundtable discussions at the Capitol with local government and health care officials Thursday on how the state budget could affect government and health services.

Several municipal and county officials attended the nearly three-hour meeting…

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March 14, 2011

Senator McDonald & Assemblyman Spano Discuss Isabella's Law

Assemblyman Mike Spano (D,C,WF-Yonkers) and Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) announced the introduction of legislation that would require all health insurance policies and medical assistance programs to cover the cost of hearing aids for children under 16 years old with severe or progressive hearing loss (S.3379/A.4339).

March 1, 2011

Troy Police Department Ride Along

Troy – Senator Roy McDonald worked the night shift with members of the Troy Police Department on Friday, February 11. McDonald joined Chief Tedesco and expierienced first-hand the great work done by the men and women of the Troy Police Department.

February 17, 2011

On the Road with Roy

McDonald to Hold Business Tour Across Saratoga CountySaratoga – Senator Roy McDonald will be joined by Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) President Dennis Brobston to tour businesses across Saratoga County on Thursday, February 17 starting at 11 A.M.

February 15, 2011

Saratoga Racetrack Will Be Open for Business This Year

Senator McDonald discusses the importance of a guaranteed meet for 2011 at the Saratoga Racetrack with NYRA President Charles Hayward at the Senate Racing, Wagering & Ganming public hearing on the future of racing. (2-7-2011)

February 8, 2011

Senate Committee Holds Public Hearing on the Future of Racing

McDonald: “Saratoga Racetrack Will Be Open for Business This Year.”

February 7, 2011

STAR Property Tax Exemption Information

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

January 31, 2011

McDonald Supports Job Creation Proposal & Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany – January 19, 2011 - Senator Roy McDonald today voted in favor of a proposal aimed to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility in New York government. Of particular importance, is the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

January 19, 2011

McDonald Announces Mental Health Committee Chairmanship & Committee Assignments

Albany - January 11, 2011 –  Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced his appointments to the legislative committees of the New York State Senate and selected Senator McDonald to chair the Mental Health Committee along with placing McDonald on nine additional key committees.

January 11, 2011

Senator McDonald Hosts Mobile Office Hours in Troy

Troy, NY - Senator Roy McDonald will hold mobile office Hours at the Troy Farmers Market, located in The Uncle Sam Atrium in downtown Troy on Saturday, December 11th from 11am to 2pm.

December 11, 11:10 AM - 2:00 PM

Senator McDonald Opens District Office

Halfmoon, NYSenator Roy McDonald will open a district office in Halfmoon as a new outlet to provide constituent services for Saratoga County residents. The new office will officially open on Friday, December 10 at noon.

December 10, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McDonald Meets with Service Providers for Individuals with Disabilities

Troy, NY  December 3, 2010– Senator Roy McDonald and Assemblyman-elect Steve McLaughlin met with organizations that provide services to those with disabilities and their families on Thursday, December 2 at Hudson Valley Community College.

December 6, 2010